oa Central African Journal of Medicine - The weights of young African children in a township in Rhodesia

Volume 16, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0008-9176



This paper presents the results of a mixed longitudinal weight survey of young children, derived from the records of a clinic in a township in Rhodesia. No significant difference was found between the weights of the Shona children and the non-Shona children in the township. The weights attained of the children were found to be significantly lower than those of the Havard Standards after the age of nine months. The children of the township had a greater weight velocity than the Havard children in the early months of life, but after three months their weight velocity was lower. The use in Rhodesia of the General Standard of Reference for weight (Jelliffe, 1966) is discussed and a guide to normal haemoglobin and serum protein values for Rhodesian children is given.

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